written by Nina Rimbach

Where do the ingredients for our animal feed come from?

 

Our products are sustainable, innovative, and unique. But what do they contain, where do we produce and from where do we obtain our raw ingredients? Here, you can take a closer look at our ingredients.

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For our sustainable recipes, we rely on alternative protein sources derived from peas, lupin beans, insects or humanely bred chicken and salmon; so there's something for everyone! We developed our dog and cat food together with experienced nutritional scientists to ensure that your four-legged friend receives all the nutrients they need.

Our simple recipes are made using exclusively high-quality ingredients, which we obtain primarily from regional suppliers here in germany. All incoming ingredients and all outgoing products are checked in our in-house, accredited laboratory before they enter our production facility in the heart of the Odenwald. The independent DLG TestService GmbH has also tested our entire production process and awarded us with the assessment "VERY GOOD".

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Our ingredients are always obtained from sources that are as close as possible for the raw material in question. Our animal welfare chicken, for instance, comes from farmers located in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, while potatoes and peas are also sourced from Germany. Insects, on the other hand, are sourced in France and the Netherlands. However, this is not possible for all ingredients. Our rice does not come from Germany, for example, as our climate is not suitable and we do not have any rice fields. We source some of this product from Italy and some from Asia. When developing recipes, we look carefully at our choice of ingredients in order to achieve a good balance between animal health, locally sourced ingredients and quality.

We get this question very often. Sustainability is often identified as being organic, yet we source only some of our ingredients from organic cultivation - and there are good reasons for this. One of the reasons is that we cannot completely guarantee the availability of raw materials for the ingredients we use in a consistent organic quality. Unfortunately, as yet, there are still not enough suppliers in Germany. We could import the ingredients in organic quality, but we strive to avoid long transport routes that would increase CO2 emissions. This is why we prefer to use raw ingredients that we can source as locally as possible - even if they are not organically grown.

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Animal welfare chicken

Our animal welfare chicken comes from farmers located in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg who have committed to more natural methodsof livestock farming. Like the Green Petfood brand, we are also based in Kleinheubach in Bavaria, which means we procure our animal welfare chicken locally and of the finest quality. The short transportation distances also mean we can minimise our CO2 emissions.

If you would like to learn more about exactly how our animal welfare chickens are raised, continue reading here.

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Insects for pet food

The insects used in our InsectDog and FairCat Safe pet foods are reared specially for this purpose in Europe. We generally use mealworm larvae or black soldier fly larvae. The insect farm adopts a holistic approach, which is then applied in the production of our feed. The insects are kept in a hygienic environment and multiply via natural reproduction.

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They are fed with fruit and vegetables from surplus production, which is, however, still hygienically impeccable. This product would previously have been declared as "no longer fit for sale", whereas now it can be used and transformed into fertile soil. No further waste products are created. This is exactly in line with our sustainability philosophy. In addition, raising insects produces fewer greenhouse gases and requires less land and water than raising cattle, for example.

In order to be able to work with the insects, they are first stunned using cold water. Even at lower temperatures, insect go into what is known as hibernation. They are then processed in a swift procedure. The animals are not made to suffer. The batch of insects is then processed to remove moisture and oils, leaving the insect protein powder. Would you like to learn more about our insects? Then take a look here.

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Vegetables

Where appropriate, we round off our recipes with delicious vegetables, herbs and fruits. Peas, lentils and potatoes are not only high-quality sources of protein but also contain plenty of minerals and vitamins. Your pet will not lack anything.

Our recipes only contain the things your pet really needs.

  • We refrain from using wheat, soya and added sugar
  • We use no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or genetically modified ingredients
  • We do not carry out any animal testing in the development of our food

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FairCat Safe

FairCat Safe

with insect protein

from 2.49€ for 300g

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FairCat Care

FairCat Care

with Cranberry

85g for 1.29€

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FarmDog

FarmDog

Active grainfree Adult

with animal welfare chicken & red lentil

from 4.49€ per kg

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InsectDog

InsectDog

Sensitive Adult

 insect protein & rice

from 3.99 per kg

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VeggieDog

VeggieDog

Origin Adult

 with red lentils

from 3.99€ per kg

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Nutritional additives

We do not add any artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives to our super premium food products. The nutritional additives primarily involve vitamins and minerals that are essential for your dog or cat. In other words, your pet needs these nutrients in order for their body to function properly. A failure to provide these via food can result in deficiencies.

Beet pulp

The beet fibre used in our recipes has had the sugar removed and is a dietary fibre that will regulate your dog’s digestive system. It is very rich in fibre. The sugar originally contained in the beet fibre is almost completely extracted before we process this ingredient for use in our premium feed.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are necessary to prevent the fats, or rather the fatty acids, in the food from going rancid. We use “tocopherol-rich extracts of natural origin” as antioxidants. This involves plant-based extracts from rosemary and sunflower oil, which helps to stabilise the products.

L-carnitine and taurine

In principle, unlike cats, dogs can create carnitine and taurine in the body itself and are thus not reliant on an external supply via food. However, in specific cases, particularly in demanding metabolic situations, an additional supply via food may be sensible. To ensure an optimum supply for your dog, we have decided to add L-carnitine and taurine to our feed. We design the maximum values for different nutrients based on internationally recommended requirements.

Taurine is an amino acid which is important for sight and to protect the heart. Most importantly, taurine has an antioxidant effect on free radicals in the body. The purported link between taurine and strength and activity when consuming energy drinks, among other things, is a myth. This myth stems from the high concentration of this amino acid once found in bull testicles. There is no scientific evidence, however, that taurine boosts activity or causes aggression.